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Maya Penn: How this entrepreneur created her first business at the age of 8

Maya Penn’s creativity and aspirations know no bounds. At only 8 years old, she made an extraordinary entry into the world of entrepreneurship. And since then she has not looked back.

In fact, describing her as an entrepreneur is a limitation of her potential and what she has done over the years. She is also a climate change activist and designer. She draws cartoons for television.

Her credibility has hit a pedestal where she now rubs shoulders with the likes of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and former first lady Michelle Obama. She has also interacted with Fortune 500 companies. She came into the limelight after founding Maya’s Ideas, an eco-friendly clothing line, when she was 8 years old. She announced at the time that a portion of the proceeds from sales will go to environmental charities.

She continued with another company called Maya’s Ideas 4 the Planet to address climate change issues and STEM initiatives.

“I always had a lot of diverse passions growing up, nature and the environment, art and design, animation,” she told PEOPLE. “And so, I’ve kind of used all of these different areas throughout my journey. All of these same themes of giving back and being creative are really what ties everything together.

Maya, from Atlanta, Georgia, said she got her motivation from her parents, who urged her to pursue the desires of her heart without limits. According to her, at the age of four, she was introduced to technology by her father. He showed her how to take a computer apart and put it back together. She then taught herself HTML and then coded her first website. This valuable skill she inherited from her father helped shape her life.

In 2016, Maya was featured as the youngest winner of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a list of influencers and changemakers. She was among other leaders like Ava DuVernay, Common, Deepak Chopra, DeVon Franklin, Amandla Stenberg and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Moreover, the 22-year-old has been featured in TED talks as a speaker. She appeared on the prestigious platform three times. She is the youngest woman to have given two consecutive official TED talks. She used the platform to highlight her entrepreneurial journey, activism and involvement in the creative sector.

“I love taking people on journeys and helping people understand and better understand the world and different communities and how we can all make a difference in one way or another,” she said. .

She often advises young people who want to start their own business to do a lot of research into their area of ​​interest.

“Also, write down your ideas as often as you have them. It’s important that you think about your ideas and how you can turn them into something new,” said the young entrepreneur and philanthropist.